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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Announces 2010 College Scholarship Winner
Date:4/22/2010

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America today announced the winner and runners-up in its 2010 AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship competition. In their essays, all three high school seniors shared a strong desire to change the way the world thinks about Alzheimer's disease. By chronicling the loss of her father who had early onset Alzheimer's disease, the winner, Katherine Henley of Phoenix, AZ, hopes that others will recognize that the brain disorder can affect people even as young as in their 30s and 40s in addition to older Americans.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 22, 2010 -- "That disease is only for old people. It wouldn't affect such a young man," Katherine Henley, 18, wrote. "But it did. And it was my dad."
    
With compassion and raw emotion, Henley of Phoenix, AZ has chronicled the loss of her father to early onset Alzheimer's disease, a rare form of the brain disorder, in an essay written for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship.    

AFA announced today that Henley is the 2010 winner of the $5,000 college scholarship. First runner-up is Natalie Stadelman of Hudson, OH, and second runner-up is Rebecca Herzberg of Cherry Hill, NJ.

In their essays, the major requirement in the competition, all three high school seniors shared a strong desire to change the way the world thinks about Alzheimer's disease, which currently affects as many as 4.5 million Americans. With advanced age the greatest risk factor for the disease, the incidence is expected to escalate in the coming decades as the nation's population ages.

While Henley illustrated that the disease can also affect individuals even in their 30s and 40s--called early onset or young onset, Stadelman emphasized that individuals with Alzheimer's disease still have their uni
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